European Commission Proposes to Drop Visas for Ukraine Citizens

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday to lift visa requirements for the citizens of Ukraine for travel to the Schengen area.

World » EU | April 20, 2016, Wednesday // 15:25 | Viewed: 6340

Sofia Metro Shows Benefits of Integrated Approach to Europe’s Territorial Development  

The Sofia metro is “an exemplary project” of transparent and effective use of EU structural funds, city mayor Yordanka Fandakova has said during visits to metro sites with Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions.

World » EU | April 20, 2016, Wednesday // 10:01 | Viewed: 3841

Parallel Protests Take Place Across Macedonia

Tensions in Macedonia continued to run high on Tuesday, as thousands of pro-opposition protesters gathered in Skopje and other parts of the country, while parallel protests took place in several towns.

World » Southeast Europe | April 20, 2016, Wednesday // 08:14 | Viewed: 3988

Relations with Turkey at Official Level Can’t be Restored, Russia Says  

The Russian Foreign Ministry has said that relations between Moscow and Ankara at the official level cannot be restored but Russia wouldn’t wage any campaign aimed against Turkish people or businesses, TASS reported on Tuesday.

World » Russia | April 19, 2016, Tuesday // 21:28 | Viewed: 4048

Vienna Meeting of Macedonian Party Leaders to Aim to Ensure Implementation of Przino Deal

A forthcoming meeting of Macedonian political leaders in Vienna will aim to ensure the further implementation of last year’s Przino agreement to resolve the political crisis in the country rather than reaching a new deal, a EU official has said.

World » Southeast Europe | April 19, 2016, Tuesday // 20:33 | Viewed: 3682

Some 180,000 Migrants Arrive in Europe by Sea through April 17 - IOM

An estimated 178,882 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) announced on Tuesday.

World » EU | April 19, 2016, Tuesday // 19:20 | Viewed: 4064

No Bulgarian Servicemen Hurt in Deadly Kabul Suicide Bombing - Defence Ministry

No Bulgarian military personnel have been injured in a suicide car bomb blast in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, the Defence Ministry in Sofia said on Tuesday.

World | April 19, 2016, Tuesday // 17:18 | Viewed: 3260

Deputy IntMin: Migrant Flow Through Bulgaria Registers 20 % Drop in Q1

According to statistics of the interior ministry, the migrant flow through Bulgaria has decreased by 20 % in the first three months of this year.

World » Southeast Europe | April 19, 2016, Tuesday // 09:55 | Viewed: 3766

Macedonia Protests Go On against Blanket Amnesty in Wiretapping Case

Demonstrators took to the streets of Skopje for yet another evening to call for the resignation of President Gjorge Ivanov, but also demanding he reverse a blanket amnesty for 56 politicians over a case of massive wiretapping.

World » Southeast Europe | April 19, 2016, Tuesday // 09:21 | Viewed: 3392

Macedonia Helps Cut Illegal Migrant Crossings in Western Balkans in March - Frontex

The number of detections of illegal crossings in March at EU’s external borders in the Western Balkans have decreased by about 90% compared to February, the EU’s border management agency, Frontex, said on Monday.

World » EU | April 18, 2016, Monday // 21:28 | Viewed: 4089

Macedonia 'Denies Entry' to Journalists of Bulgarian Daily

One of Bulgaria night's biggest mass-circulation dailies has said a team of three journalists working for it has been barred from entering the country.

World » Southeast Europe | April 16, 2016, Saturday // 13:07 | Viewed: 3639

Macedonia Protests Demanding President's Resignation Continue

Thousands took to the streets of Macedonian capital Skopje on Friday evening, in the fourth protest following the President's decision to grant a blanket amnesty in a wiretapping affair.

World » Southeast Europe | April 16, 2016, Saturday // 09:35 | Viewed: 3665 Bulgaria Lags Behind Romania in Its Efforts to Tackle Corruption

In an article published on Friday, Politico notes the divergent paths Bulgaria and Romania have taken in their efforts to fight corruption, with Bucharest making progress and Sofia lagging behind.

World » EU | April 15, 2016, Friday // 21:17 | Viewed: 5920

IntMin: Migrant Pressure on Bulgarian Borders Has Decreased by 30 %

Bulgarian Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova said to journalists in parliament on Friday that the migrant pressure on the country's borders has decreased by between 30 % and 36 % compared to the same period last year.

World » Southeast Europe | April 15, 2016, Friday // 16:00 | Viewed: 4110

Macedonia to Hold Snap Vote on June 05 Despite Protests

Macedonia's Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski has signed a decree setting the date for an early general election, amid protests that followed a presidential decision and demand the vote be postponed.

World » Southeast Europe | April 15, 2016, Friday // 13:36 | Viewed: 3543

Third Night of Macedonia Protests Ends with Arrests, Injured Police

Two police officers were left injured in the third successive evening of demonstrations in Macedonia's capital Skopje that began over a controversial amnesty decision by the country's President.

World » Southeast Europe | April 15, 2016, Friday // 09:26 | Viewed: 3852

German Government Agrees on Draft Law for Migrant Integration

The partners in Germany's governing coalition have agreed on a draft law that sets out a mix of requirements and incentives for migrants and refugees in order to spur their integration.

World » EU | April 14, 2016, Thursday // 21:14 | Viewed: 3956

European Parliament Endorses Rules on Use of Passenger’ Data for Fighting Terrorism

The European Parliament approved on Thursday the new directive on the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data in the EU for fighting terrorism, trafficking and other types of serious crime.

World » EU | April 14, 2016, Thursday // 20:36 | Viewed: 3725

Putin Doubts Turkey Can Ensure Tourists’ Safety

Russian President Vladimir Putin has voiced doubts whether the Turkish authorities are able to guarantee safety of  tourists visiting Turkey.

World » Russia | April 14, 2016, Thursday // 19:30 | Viewed: 4032

EU Urges Macedonian Political Leaders to Return to Negotiating Table

The European Commission has expressed its concerns over the decision of Macedonia’s Presigent Gjorge Ivanov to pardon politicians suspected of involvement in last year's wiretapping scandal and condemned Wednesday’s violent opposition protests.

World » Southeast Europe | April 14, 2016, Thursday // 17:20 | Viewed: 3664

Bulgaria's PM Foresees 'Permanent Destabilization' of Macedonia

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has predicted a gloomy political future for Macedonia, casting doubt whether the early elections scheduled for June 05 will take place at all.

World » Southeast Europe | April 14, 2016, Thursday // 15:12 | Viewed: 4472